You have now reached the tenth letter of the alphabet, the letter J. It is time to change from the letter I to the letter J on the Letter of the Week board. To adequately teach your child this letter, you need to integrate activities that emphasize the name of the letter, its shapes and forms (uppercase and lowercase), the sounds it makes and then associate it to words we use in our daily life. You can find all this information in this Kids Academy Letter J video.
In addition, we will provide you with 5 activities in this article to tackle these different aspects of the letter in order to successfully teach your child the letter J.
Letter J Coloring Sheet: Coloring is one of the most popular activities for children. Thus, this worksheet from our Kids Academy website will be a great hit with your child since it includes both educational and recreational purposes. In this letter J coloring sheet, you’ll find two exercises, the first focuses on the shape of the letter where your child will color a big bubble letter J, while the second focuses on the sound the letter makes since it provides words that start with J such as ‘jam’ and ‘juice’.
Letter J Tracing Page: This tracing worksheet is designed to help your child learn the shape of the letter J using their fine motor skills. The first exercise especially focuses on the shape aspect of the letter, while the second exercise focuses on both the shape and sound of it through both tracing the letter and associating it with the words provided in the worksheet and their images.
Jellyfish Cutout: For this activity, you’ll need to draw a big letter J, the shape of the jellyfish’s umbrella-shaped body, and several long, wavy tentacles. You can either cut the shapes yourself or ask your child for help in that task. Then on the letter J, have your child glue the cutouts to make the shape of a jellyfish.
J-aguar Spots: On a big piece of cardboard, draw or print out (depending on the level of your artistic skills) the shape of a jaguar body but without the spots. On a black piece of cardboard, write many capital and lowercase Js, and include some other letters they have already learnt. Cut the letters into circles and have your child find the letter Js that stand for the word Jaguar, and glue them over the jaguar’s body.
Jelly Bean Sorting: Get a bag of jelly beans and divide them into two parts, on one part write an uppercase J, and on the other the lowercase j and place them all in one bowl. Then, on a printout of two jars, have you kid sort the jelly beans into their respective category. This activity helps your child a lot with differentiating between uppercase and lowercase forms of the letter as well as relating the letter to the sound it makes in words such as jelly bean and jar.
Jelly Bean Jewelry: Following the jelly bean sorting activity, you can offer your child some jelly bean jewelry. All you need is some jelly beans, an elastic string and a needle. Thread the string into the needle and then make a bracelet and/or a necklace to give your child at the end of the lesson. This offers further reinforcement of the sound the letter J makes through using the words jelly bean and jewelry.
Now that your child has learnt the letter J, you can move on to the letter K.